“It could be your first taste of alternative-leaning pop-rock, something that gave you a hint there was something beyond the nu-metal that dominated your hometown’s aesthetic” – that was it for me. I had heard bits of The Strokes and The White Stripes but this was the first band that made me realize how much better “alternative” rock could be than say, Linkin Park or Green Day (I was 14). It started the journey that took me to Modest Mouse and Arcade Fire later in the year, and soon after to Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, and My Bloody Valentine. So I would like to thank Franz Ferdinand for being a gateway cool band for suburban 14 year olds.
A Day in the Life
I was hoping lousy with sylvianbriar would get more attention. Understandably people seem to have given up on Of Montreal after their last few messy albums but the new one is really enjoyable.
My biggest issue with Kanye is this: he constantly talks about how he doesn’t want to kiss anyone’s ass yet expects everyone to do the same to him. If he really didn’t care what people thought of him he wouldn’t be blowing up when someone pokes some gentle fun at him.
Born at the Right Time
Waaaaah a band I like is making money! How dare they sell out after I illegally downloaded their album two years ago.
Get Lucky should be the song of every summer from now on.
This feels like when you see a movie because the trailer looked amazing, but then you find out that all the good parts of the movie were in the trailer. Except in this case the movie is just the trailer looped over and over again.
I like this song but do wish there was more to it… maybe the album version will have some kind of epic outro?
This list is totally predictable. Which is not a bad thing! Pitchfork lists are not Breaking Bad episodes. So good job Pitchfork for being consistent, and for including Death Grips and Swans in your top 10.
What do you know, this list is still intact. Add Bat for Lashes, Cloud Nothings, Burial, and Ty Segall Band, you’ve got the top 20.
Animal Collective – Centipede Hz
Deakin sounds EXACTLY like José González on this.
Man, I just realized, like, last year how great Random Spirit Lover was after dismissing it in 2007. What was I thinking?
Centipede Hz, on the other hand, I actually loved the first time I heard it. It’s all over the place in all the right ways.
Tanlines – All of Me
aka the one from Digable Planets
Big Boi’s not rapping on the MM album, I think he’s just working on production.
This is explained pretty easily.
For one, the vast majority of people don’t have the time to listen to the tens of thousands of albums that are released every year. There needs to be some way of filtering out what to listen to and what not to listen to, and listening to albums that get good reviews seems to me like as good a way as any to do that.
But I feel like you’re missing the larger point here which is that this list is an aggregate from EVERYONE who voted in the gummy awards. It stands to reason that the top 10 from such a large group of people would in fact be 10 albums that show up on every other list. You’re not going to get something obscure here because, well, that’s the nature of a popular vote. It’s not to say that people aren’t listening to anything outside of these 10 albums, just that these 10 are the most popular. Which seems to be the nature of your complaint.
Gang Gang Dance – Glass Jar
No M83 = not a valid list
First the Destroyer album, then Bon Iver’s “Beth/Rest”, then Holy Ghost working with Michael McDonald, and now this. Yacht rock revival is officially a trend now. I have mixed feelings about this.
I love you stereogum, but our tastes are not in alignment this year. Yuck, The Weeknd, and Fucked Up instead 3 of my favorite albums, Panda Bear, Tune-Yards, and James Blake? And Fleet Foxes only at #19? Personal taste, I guess. But still, no Panda Bear/Tune-Yards/James Blake?!?
I actually really enjoyed this. And I’m a huge National fan, and not an M&S fan at all!
Man, I love TMBG, and I’m kinda lukewarm on TA, but that was goddamn awful.
Obviously they didn’t control for gender. Men are more likely to want to have sex on a first date, and men are more likely to listen to Nirvana, Metallica, Linkin Park, etc, Particularly men of the frat boy variety. Women, on the other hand, are more likely to listen to radio pop, and the soft-rock of Coldplay and Kings of Leon. Fail.
But I still find Katy Perry on the “least likely” list to be very ironic.